Age Related Near Vision Loss

What is Age Related Near Vision Loss?

Age related near vision loss, or presbyopia, is caused by a naturally occurring loss of elasticity in the eye. When the lens inside of your eye loses elasticity it becomes difficult for your eye to refocus on objects that are up close, making everyday tasks like reading menus or your phone a challenge.

Signs and Symptoms of Presbyopia

As we age near vision issues can happen seemingly overnight, or can be more gradual. More often than not, people compensate by moving hard to see items further away to attempt to focus on smaller print or details. Over time most people suffering from presbyopia need reading glasses to focus on smaller and more detailed objects.

Understanding Your Eyes

Aging doesn’t have to stop us from doing what we want, and having a clear understanding of the way the human eye ages naturally is important when talking about presbyopia. Over time the lens of your eye hardens making it difficult for your eye to change shape and focus on closer items. Presbyopia happens naturally and can affect anyone over 40.

Treatment Options

There is a wide array of treatment options for those suffering from presbyopia and near vision loss. While other options are available, Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is an ideal option for those tired of struggling with glasses and contacts.

Reading glasses: The most common solution for those suffering presbyopia is reading glasses. While reading glasses are generally an inexpensive way to treat the loss of near vision, continually having to upgrade reading glass strength and losing eyewear can actually be costly in the long run. This can also be a maintenance heavy solution, as scrambling to find and remember eyewear can be frustrating.

Contact lenses: While those who don’t like the look of readers can find contact lenses more cosmetically appealing, not all people can tolerate or look forward to putting something like a contact lens in their eye. While contact lenses are relatively inexpensive over time with purchasing lenses, changing prescriptions and continual doctors visits can add up. Contacts are available for monovision, which means one contact will be prescribed for near vision and the other for distance vision, or multifocals options. With cases and solution, both traveling and day to day life can be inconvenienced by contact lenses.

Monovision LASIK: While Monovision LASIK works for some, others have trouble tolerating the procedure as one eye is treated for near vision and the other for distance vision, causing an imbalance. While the procedure is a relatively low-maintenance and long term solution for those suffering from presbyopia, it is also an expensive option for something that you may not be able to tolerate without vision or health issues. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay

Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay: Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a small, transparent, curved disc called an inlay. It’s made of approximately 80% water and from material similar to a soft contact lens. It is a great option for those looking to have a fuller range of vision as the inlay offers near and immediate vision improvement, with results typically seen within one week. Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay offers a simple solution to the often pesky maintenance associated with glasses and contacts as well.


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